That's a new one. I've heard "I drummer to my own drummer" many times, but not that. And that's one of the many enlightening things Terrell Owens told Buffalonians during his introductory press conference.
"I'm leaving America's team (for) North America's team," Owens said at a news conference. "This may not be the most ideal place for a lot of people, but I'm the guy. I beat to my own beat sometimes, my own thinking, my own intuition."
Even though there's been "shocked" reaction by many people to T.O. landing in chilly Buffalo, where he's presumably destined to frustrate young Trent Edwards, Owens probably didn't have too many other options. Good teams — playoff caliber teams — are most likely too spooked by Owens' ability to disrupt team chemistry, regardless of his on-field production, and they're wise to do it. The only ideal situation for Terrell Owens is a squad made up entirely of clones of himself and even in that scenario he'd still somehow manage to completely alienate the team.
• "Desperate? Yes. Smart? Time will tell, but the move certainly has potential. It's a bold statement on the team's part. Fans who didn't believe that the Bills had winning as their top priority can now stuff their mouths full of popcorn. You don't sign Terrell Owens unless you want to win. You only put up with the sideshow unless you think that wins are coming. Maybe they are. Maybe they aren't. For a team that is currently tied with the Detroit Lions for the NFL's longest playoff drought, it's a risk worth taking." [Buffalo Rumblings]
• Donte Whitner: "A lot of people out there perceive Marshawn [Lynch] to be this crazy young kid. But he is one of the nicest people you can ever meet, even though he has put himself in some bad situations. I believe the same thing about Terrell Owens. I talked to some of the guys down in Dallas that I'm friends with, and they all loved the guy. There's always something else that seems to get him in trouble. We'll all get to know him and make our judgments from there." [Buffalo News]
• "The Bills just don't do this. They sign players who fit their system, they stay safe in who they bring into their organization. They don't bring in malcontents. Go ahead, I dare you, name someone the Bills have signed since the free agency period started that mirrored anything like T.O.?" [Juiced Sports Blog]
•"But here's the biggest reason why Owens doesn't figure for Buffalo: He's going to one of those dead zones that even the Cingular army can't reach. Look, I love western New York, and I admire the loyalty, strength and enthusiasm of Bills' fans -– not to mention the wings down at Duff's. But western New York has a diminished fan base, and if you don't believe it then you haven't seen what the Bills are doing with Toronto." [CBSSports]
• "T.O.'s proven that he can destroy any locker room — no matter how tight it might be. The Bills are being naive to think they could be the exception. But in reality, he's being brought in as a mercenary. Buffalo apparently thinks it's one elite player away from making a playoff run. That seems like a stretch to me in the competitive AFC East." [ESPN.com]
• "The difference between the personalities of Owens and fellow enigma Randy Moss is really, really stark. Moss, all along, just needed to be surrounded by stars to keep the heat off his own back. Owens, these days, needs to exist as a sole spark in a vacuum: he needs to be the center of attention on the field, or else he'll make himself the center of attention in the locker room. Maybe instead of worrying about Edwards, we should be focused on Lee Evans and Marshawn Lynch." [The Sporting Blog]
• "If the Bills wanted to spend money to bring in a wide receiver, they should have more aggressively went after Coles, a better character guy...If you can glance into that crystal ball that Russ Brandon has on his desk however, you might see this image: